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NOT ME: TT Prime Minister in the dark over contract awarded to husband of senior minister

first_imgNewsRegional NOT ME: TT Prime Minister in the dark over contract awarded to husband of senior minister by: – May 9, 2011 Share 32 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has sought to distance herself from a statement allegedly made one of her senior Cabinet ministers that she was aware of the tendering process for the Government website development contract that was given to a firm headed by the husband of the minister.In a brief statement following the article by the Sunday Express newspaper that the contract had been given to the company headed by the husband of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs Minister Mary King, the Prime Minister said she only became aware of the situation “after the process had been completed.“Media reports…attributed to Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs, Mary King, which state that I as Prime Minister had been informed of the whole tendering process on the Government website development contract, are entirely and categorically erroneous. “The matter was brought to my attention recently after the process had been completed and I made it clear that, on the basis of the information provided me, it was highly inappropriate.”The Prime Minister said that she is awaiting a report on the issue “so that I may be better informed to make a decision which ensures that the integrity of the Government remains intact. “Until that time I wish to make no further comment on the issue,” she said in the statement.The Express newspaper said that questions have been raised as to whether King breached the law when she failed to disclose her pecuniary and family interest in a software engineering company, Ixanos Ltd, which won a Government website development contract from her ministry last November.It said that the minister is the corporate secretary on record and a joint shareholder with her husband Dr St Clair King of Ixanos.The paper said that investigations into the award of the near TT$100,000 (US$16, 600) website development contract “found the minister failed to disclose her interest in the family-owned business, was present at the opening of the bids and was involved in the selection process of the four-member evaluation team which picked Ixanos”But it quoted her as denying all breaches insisting that the contract “awarded to her family company was open and transparent and did not “at all” represent a conflict of interest.“She said she had no involvement with the tender process, nor did she know the family-owned business was bidding for work in her ministry until the actual opening of the bids on October 1 last year,’ the paper reported.The paper said that Section 24 (2 b) of the Integrity in Public Life Act  makes clear a public official: “Shall not engage in any transaction, acquire any position or have any commercial or other interest that is incompatible with his office, function and duty or the discharge thereof.”The Sunday Express also said that it had documents in its possession which showed that Ixanos was not the lowest priced bidder for the project.The minister, a former chairman of the local chapter of Transparency International “insists there has been no conflict of interest or breach of the law with any aspect of the web contract awarded to her family business.“She said Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had heard about it “and we gave her the whole process, all the documentation, and she is very satisfied”, the paper quoted her as saying.King told the newspaper that she provided the Prime Minister with the documents “so she got all the details of the contract.”last_img read more

Police: Ohio County Man Gunned Down By Ex-Wife

first_imgAn arrest was made following the discovery of a deceased man in Ohio County last week.Indiana State Police were contacted to perform a welfare check at the residence of Raymond Green, on 9863 Hartford Pike, which is on a large piece of property in rural Ohio County.They were initially called to check on the individual by a family member who did not know where he could be.A missing person investigation was conducted by multiple agencies.“As the investigation unfolded investigators developed enough probable cause to obtain search warrants for various locations within the property,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.The body of Raymond Green was discovered in a metal box on the property last Wednesday, Houze said.An autopsy was performed on Thursday at the Hamilton County, Ohio morgue and the results of the autopsy indicated the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.A thorough investigation including interviews and evidence collected led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of 42-year-old Danielle Green.She was arrested today by the Indiana State Police is facing a preliminary charge of Murder.An initial hearing is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:30 in the Ohio County Circuit Court in Rising Sun.last_img read more

Timeline of Taco Time’s evolution

first_imgTaco Time in the Carrier Dome began in 1995 and this season marks the 20th anniversary of the promotion that’s become a tradition. Check out this timeline of Taco Time’s evolution:1980s — Syracuse legends Sherman Douglas and Derrick Coleman play three seasons as teammates from 1986-89. Burger King had a promotion in the 80s that fans could redeem for free french fries when SU scored over 100 points at home, which occurred 12 times in that span.1995-96 — Before Michael Veley’s first season as marketing director for SU Athletics, he creates a promotion with Taco Bell that when Syracuse scores more than 75 points, fans can redeem a free taco at participating restaurants.2004 — Taco Time is added at women’s basketball games but the benchmark to redeem free tacos is 65 points compared to 75 for men’s. It’s designed to be attainable to drive more fans to Taco Bell.2008 — An online survey asks SU students to rate their favorite promotion at men’s basketball games. Taco Time received more than double the number of votes as any other choice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAug. 2012 — The Taco Bell in Kimmel Food Court is closed and replaced with Queso’s. Taco Bell no longer has a restaurant on campus but the nearest one to the Carrier Dome is just 5 miles away.Feb. and March 2013 — Nike creates T-shirts that say “We want tacos.” They are discontinued after just two seasons despite successful sales at the SU Bookstore.Nov. 2015 — Number of points in order to reach Taco Time is bumped from 75 to 70 at men’s games. Despite a prior miscommunication by SU Athletics, it remains 65 for women’s games.Nov. 17, 2015 — Men’s basketball team scores over 70 points to reach Taco Time in a win over St. Bonaventure. This is the 320th Taco Time. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more